About Ndole Bay Lodge

For detailed information please visit http://www.ndolebaylodge.com


“An area of unsurpassed beauty”- David Livingstone

More than 100 years later, that description of Lake Tanganyika still holds true.

The endless shoreline of Sumbu National Park offers a haven to wildlife, while the crystal clear blue waters teem with an unparalleled diversity Cichlids as well as the giant Nile perch. In the heart of the Rift valley, the opportunities for discovery and adventure, beauty and relaxation are as endless as African timeitself.

Nestled amongst lush tropical vegetation opening onto its own exclusive beach, Ndole Bay Lodge offers visitors a singular African experience on the shores of a unique lake.

With beachside en-suite chalets, non serviced chalets, through to a shaded lake front campsite, the Tanganyika dream becomes affordable to all budgets.
A fully stocked bar allows visitors to contemplate the day gone with a cold drink and sumptuous meals are prepared for those not self catering.

A fleet of reliable boats opens the secrets of Tanganyika, while shaded hammocks, sunset paddles and a growing library allows days to slip by. Our hospitality will make you wish time really would stop.


Ndole Bay Lodge is built on a fantastically forested slope ending in our own private beach. All rooms are built mostly from natural materials with thatched roofs and breezy designs. Discreetly set amongst lush tropical gardens and towering fig trees, the lodge is virtually invisible to the outside world.

A massive central thatched area acts as a dining room, reading area and bar. The fully stocked bar serves a range of local and international beers, wines and spirits while our signature Ndole cocktails make good times at the wooden bar unforgettable.

Comfortable couches, dart board and other games make festivities a must before retiring to the beach for a moonlit nightcap. A large swimming pool near the bar area allows cool dips between serious relaxation.

A large wooden deck is situated right over the Lake providing a shaded recluse strewn with hammocks and sunbeds. Spend the whole day reading, sun tanning, swimming and snoozing.  Steps off the deck lead straight into the crystal clear waters of the lake…don’t forget your mask and snorkel!!

Ndole Bay offers a range of rooms, all distinct and private from each other.

Along the beach front we have 4 deluxe rooms all with direct access onto the beach.

Two of these rooms share a central lounge, ideal for friends or families. All have baths and showers and out two newest additions feature a private thatched veranda and outdoor waterfall showers.

Slightly set back from the beach but still literally steps away are 10 en-suite chalets, all are ideally suited to twins or doubles, a few can comfortably sleep 3.

Piping hot water is provided to the whole lodge and backup generators supply power in the event of mains power failure.

All rooms at Ndole Bay Lodge have power points and fans.

Further down the beach spread out underneath ancient winter-thorn Acacias is the campsite. With running water, braai facilities in an idyllic location. For those who enjoy being left to their own devices, it can be quite comfortable on the shaded beach sites.

Delicious freshly prepared meals are available from our kitchen with emphasis on local produce and fresh fish from the lake.

Tanganyika fish is internationally regarded as being among the finest eating anywhere. Any dietary requirements are easily catered for; please advise us upon your reservation.

Set meals usually include a cooked breakfast, light lunch and sumptuous three course dinner.

Packed meals are provided for those on any extended activities.



    1. We only charge if you hire one of our coxswains (when available) and also you must pay National Park Entry Fees to fish in Nsumbu National Park (where the best fishing occurs). So not problems there 🙂

  1. We have taken our boat to most of the lakes an rivers in Zimbabwe an Zambia . we are also ex Zambians so we are aquainted with most of the formalities. Would really love to try an target fish up your way. We are catch an release anglers. Would love to hear fromy you guys as soon as possible. We could like to know about the camping or chalet accommodation.

    1. Hi Darrell and Lyn,
      Yes sure you can bring your own boat up. You can drive on the tar roads to Mpulungu (we have a place where our clients can leave their cars safely) and then leave the vehicle there and come over by boat with a GPS as its a long stretch of lake and you can get lost. You can buy petrol from us here but make sure you have enough to cross (80km by boat).
      We have camping as well as rooms, depending on when you intend to visit. If camping you must bring all cooking implements/lights etc with you as we don’t supply.
      You can have meals in the lodge though, we just need a days notice in advance to be ready.
      All bookings are done via email so please email info@ndolebaylodge.com for prices and more details.
      Ndole Bay Lodge

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